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Agatha Christie

English mystery and detective writer

1890   -   1976

movement: Knox's Commandments
genre: crime novel, detective fiction, adventure novel, autobiography
country of citizenship: United Kingdom, Kingdom of Great Britain
educated at: Homeschooling
occupation: playwright, nurse, writer, novelist, screenwriter, prose, dramaturge, prosaist, dramaturgy
award received: Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Edgar Award, Order of the British Empire, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
www.agathachristie.com

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, (née Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English writer. She is known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Christie also wrote the world's longest-running play, a murder mystery, The Mousetrap, and, under the pen name Mary Westmacott, six romances. In 1971 she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contribution to literature.Christie was born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon. Before marrying and starting a family in London, she had served in a Devon hospital during the First World War, tending to troops coming back from the trenches. She was initially an unsuccessful writer with six consecutive rejections, but this changed when The Mysterious Affair at Styles, featuring Hercule Poirot, was published in 1920. During the Second World War, she worked as a pharmacy assistant at University College Hospital, London, acquiring a good knowledge of poisons which feature in many of her novels. Guinness World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world's most-widely published books, behind only Shakespeare's works and the Bible. According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author, having been translated into at least 103 languages. And Then There Were None is Christie's best-selling novel, with 100 million sales to date, making it the world's best-selling mystery ever, and one of the best-selling books of all time. Christie's stage play The Mousetrap holds the world record for longest initial run. It opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End on 25 November 1952, and as of September 2018 is still running after more than 27,000 performances.In 1955, Christie was the first recipient of the Mystery Writers of America's highest honour, the Grand Master Award. Later the same year, Witness for the Prosecution received an Edgar Award by the MWA for Best Play. In 2013, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was voted the best crime novel ever by 600 fellow writers of the Crime Writers' Association. On 15 September 2015, coinciding with her 125th birthday, And Then There Were None was named the "World's Favourite Christie" in a vote sponsored by the author's estate. Most of her books and short stories have been adapted for television, radio, video games and comics, and more than thirty feature films have been based on her work.
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works

316

The Listerdale Mystery

short story by Agatha Christie

author: Agatha Christie

1934

Lord Edgware Dies

book

author: Agatha Christie
screenwriter: Agatha Christie

1933

Témoin à charge

book by Agatha Christie

author: Agatha Christie

1969

Les Carnets secrets d'Agatha Christie

book by Agatha Christie

author: Agatha Christie

2009

Spider's Web

novel by Charles Osborne

author: Charles Osborne, Agatha Christie

2000

Het wespennest

boek met twaalf korte verhalen geschreven door Agatha Christie

author: Agatha Christie

1967

Jane zoekt een baan

boek met tien korte verhalen geschreven door Agatha Christie

author: Agatha Christie

Poirot Knows the Murderer

book by Agatha Christie

author: Agatha Christie

Thirteen for Luck!

book by Agathi Christie

author: Agatha Christie

1961

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